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The Beginning of the Dream of Going Green

| 11/12/2012 12:33:22 PM

Sam, my cowardly standard-poodle puppy
Sam, my cowardly standard-poodle puppy

Pauline HyltonSam sat his furry bottom down by my unsmiling face as I lay sprawled on the blanket.

“You’re blocking my view of the poplars, Sam.”

Sam is my cowardly, black, standard-poodle puppy who weighs about 60 pounds. The reason for his cuddling—he was terrified. Terrified of falling leaves. Terrified of bleating donkeys. Terrified of working tractors.

But this will be his life and I think he likes it.

I am like Sam.

Pauline Hylton
11/30/2012 3:43:45 PM

Yes to both questions. We will start out trying not to starve and then hopefully have something to sell. Thanks for your advice!

Pauline Hylton
11/30/2012 3:42:49 PM

Where are you, Lyn? We want to do hoop houses, too. And raising ginger sounds amazing! Also, I'll look into the MG class when we get to NC.

11/25/2012 1:23:29 AM

I am later coming to the farming community than you both are! Having worked in social services and later having a bed and breakfast for 23 years I am hard at work to achieve similar dreams. Having polio at age 3 and diagnosed with MS in 1999, I was put on disability almost two years ago. We left the bed and breakfast in the city and moved to the country! My very best advice to you? Take the plunge and sign up with your local Extension Office to become a master gardener! The 50 hours of training and subsequent twenty hours of volunteer service each year after is priceless! More valuable are the wonderful contacts and friends you make! A winter training course of a few hours a week is a great way to spend learning and planning for the next season. I became a MG in Virginia in 2005. I'm now raising cut flowers and recently gotten a grant from the USDA to build a season-extending 30 x 72 hoophouse, which I hope to have constructed in December. I have a smaller structure to put up as well and plan to raise ginger, berries, lettuce, bok choy, tomatoes and other things. I have found bliss in a pile of dirt and so will you! Lyn

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